- Ava can climb all the playground equipment now with little hesitation. She loves it.
- Ava has been potty training for the past few weeks. It’s a very slow process that so far involves getting her to use the potty. Instead of the classic motivator of candy, her reward is a squirt of lotion. She’d obsessed with lotion. Sometimes she keeps it in her hand for an hour. If it accidentally comes off, she yells, “Oh, my lotion mommy, my lotion!”
- This week she actually told her nanny that she needed to use the potty before she started pooping so we’re making progress. The funny part is she’s very invested in the poop. She asks what the poop is doing and she always says goodbye to it. She even sings it a song sometimes.
Foods and Liquids
- Ava still eats very well. She loves sushi, onion rings, and ice cream. She’s a bit too obsessed with ice cream so we’ve been trying to deflect her with fruit instead of ice cream.
- Ava has a very complicated nighttime ritual that involves wrapping up stuffed animals in blankets. She’s also so tall now that she can’t get comfortable enough in a chair to fall asleep in my arms. As a result, she goes right to asking to fall asleep in “mommy’s bed.” She brings all her animals with her. After she falls asleep I transfer several of them back to her room. After all, it’s difficult to sleep with an ape, a duck, a seahorse, a dinosaur, a kitty, an Iron Man, George, and a bunny. Sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night and demands additional animals. The other night she woke up at 4 a.m. and insisted that I grab her plastic owl.
- Ava has been confusing the word “acorn” with “popcorn” so she’ll ask us to make acorns, which is super cute.
- Ava’s books have been taking on a different interpretation because she’s very engaged in the stories. On Saturday we spent about 10 minutes talking about a book with a dog that wanted to eat salsa, but the salsa was too spicy. She wouldn’t let me turn the page because she was so worked up about the dog. She kept saying, “No doggie, go away. Too spicy!”
- If you need to teach Ava a concept, such as a new word, she often wants you to repeat it several times. I find it so interesting to see how she learns language.
- Ava has been using “I can’t do it,” “I like it,” and “I don’t like it” lately. The can’t do it is used often in times of struggle, like when she’s climbing a ladder at the playground. Telling us that she likes or doesn’t like something is very helpful.
- When Ava wakes up in the morning, she always wants to play in the bed. I can get her downstairs by asking if she wants to see the birdies. One time Stonewall let her kiss him, so now every morning she says “I kiss Stonewall?”